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Olivia Bliss

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Transcript of Imagery

What is Imagery?

Imagery means to use figurative language to represent objects, actions and ideas in such a way that appeals to our physical senses.

Imagery makes use of particular words that create visual representations of ideas in our minds. The word imagery is associated with mental pictures.

Imagery Surrounds You

If you are a fan of music, then imagery surrounds you in
songs. Many people agree that songs are just poetry set to music. Verses in your favorite song that may be stuck in your head are a good place to start when you are looking for examples of imagery in everyday works.
Whether you like hip-hop, pop, rock and roll, country or soul, music is a good a place to find good examples of imagery.
Example in a Poem
A host, of golden daffodils;

Beside the lake, beneath the trees,

Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine

And twinkle on the Milky Way
Imagery Used in Sentences
The living room was bright and cheery. (The words "bright" and "cheery" appeal to visual senses.)

The baby shrieked and giggled from being tickled. ("shrieked" and "giggled" appeal to our hearing.)

She whiffed the aroma of freshly baked cookies. ("whiffed" and "aroma" appeal to our sense of smell.)

The cats tongue felt as rough as sandpaper. (The idea of touch appeals to our sense of feeling/touch.)

The hot and gooey chocolate chip cookies were sweet and satisfying. (The words "hot", "gooey", "sweet",

and "satisfying" appeal to our sense of taste.)

Imagery vs Personification
Imagery and personification are easily confused, so we need to clarify the differences.

Personification: Personification is when you assign the qualities of person to something that isn't human or even alive.
Example #1: The stars danced playfully in the moonlit sky.
Example #2: The thunder grumbled like an old man.

Imagery: Words that appeal to the senses.
Example #1: Her blue eyes were as bright as the sun, blue as the sky, but soft as silk.
Example #2: The giant tree was ablaze with the orange, red, and yellow leaves that were beginning to make their decent to the ground.
All in all, imagery is used to help you better visualize the scene that you are reading. Use imagery in your own writing to keep your reader interested!

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Thank you for your consideration.
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